The Agripreneurs Hub

If you are doing things differently,

we'd love to support you in your endeavours. 

What is it about?

The Agripreneurs’ Hub is an initiative launched by Farmcity to accompany and support local entrepreneurs in their journey to start and grow their agri ideas. Farmcity’s support includes dedicated space for the agripreneur at the Learning Farm, in addition to a tailored mentorship program. Agripreneurs also benefit from increased exposure about their business through Farmcity’s social media channels on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.The Agripreneurs’ Hub offers aspiring agripreneurs a chance to test bed their idea on a small scale, in a collaborative space, with like-minded agripreneurs.

The Space

A 9,500 sqm organic farm 

Inspiration usually begins here, where technology meets in nature.

Parking Facilities

Ample parking space for your guests and you.

TropicBird Greenhouse

A unique space imagined, designed and built right here in Mauritius.

The Open Workspace

Who needs an office when you have an open, breezy verandah to work from?

The Training Center

A modular space for your training and educational needs.

Fully-Equipped Kitchen

What would be good organic food without a good kitchen and cook?

Projector Facilities

Because what's a cool remote space in nature without basic tech?

Smart Sensors

Our sensors were developed and built by local tech entrepreneurs.

A Rich Biodiversity

Beneficial microbes, insects & flowers - all contribute to our rich ecosystem

Incubatees

Tenants & Partners

Supported by

Are you an organisation that shares our philosophy of a fair and sustainable food system? A world that is not profit-at-all-cost but prosperity with equity? Let's collaborate!

16  Plots up for Grab

The Mentors

WESLEY OXENHAM
CO-FOUNDER / CEO (FARMCITY MAURITIUS)

Wesley is a Mauritian-born entrepreneur who founded, bootstrapped and led his first start-up to acquisition in 3 years. He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 2008. In 2012 Ebay acquired his company, and he moved to Silicon Valley where he joined the Stubhub Ebay team.    
During his time at eBay, Wesley received 2 Recognition Awards and 6 Patent awards, including 3 patents in Australia and 2 patents granted in the United States. He also formed and managed a new development team in Stubhub's Shanghai office.   
Wesley was featured in The Strait Times Singapore, The Business Times Singapore, Sunday Times Singapore, Techcrunch, Ebay Official Blog, National University of Singapore publication, L'express and Business Magazine Mauritius. He has lived on 3 different continents and after spending 12 years away from his homeland, Wesley came back in 2016 to set up Farmcity, a social enterprise, to build the next wave of agripreneurs that will help create a more just food system.
Wesley is a board member of Turbine, a start-up incubator and accelerator based in Mauritius.  

KELLY ANN YEO

CO-FOUNDER / CEO (FARMCITY SINGAPORE) 

Kelly embodies everything Singaporean - small-but-mighty, loves good food,  and is a big fan of efficient processes. She holds a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) from the National University of Singapore. She draws inspiration from her experience in both the corporate and government sectors of Singapore, working her way from client management to international business advisory for small and medium enterprises. In 2015, she was awarded the USF Dean’s Award for Outstanding Public Service. Having lived on 3 different continents, she is right at home working with culturally diverse populations and on interdisciplinary teams. Deeply passionate about building equitable food systems, she has made it her life’s mission to increase access to healthy food for everybody.

FAQ

Why are we doing this?

Mauritius needs more innovators, more risk takers, and more entrepreneurs that work towards a fair and equitable food system. We need to be building, and encouraging the many resourceful entrepreneurs here in Mauritius to build a resilient country, much needed in the face of greater economic uncertainty and climate change.
 The aim of the project will be to build a conducive space to allow these like-minded individuals to meet, work and develop their ideas together. In return, they will bring their services, and product ideas to the beneficiaries in the local communities. In the long run, we hope to see these wonderful solutions reaching the global market. 

What are the benefits for agripreneurs?

  • Increased visibility: Farmcity received more than 600 visitors in 2019. We expect this number to double in 2021. By working from Farmcity, we will bring more visibility to your brand and product or service.
  • Community: Agripreneurs work alongside other agripreneurs who are all working towards a better and more sustainable future.
  • Comfort: The farm comes with basic infrastructure that offers a comfortable place to work. Security cameras on the premises also help deter thieves. 
  • A sounding board: Wesley and Kelly are usually on site everyday. As entrepreneurs, we know the struggles and we will be glad to bounce ideas off each other.
  • Integrity, honesty and transparency: we are committed to maintaining our culture of transparency, integrity and honesty where everyone uplifts each other. We are all working towards a common goal!
  • Access to market: Once your product or service is ready to be tested, you get the opportunity to tap on Farmcity's network of regular weekly customers from different regions of the island.

What are some examples of what we would look for?

  • Good, natural, traceable compost is hard to find on the island. We'd love to support an agripreneur in the field of composting!
  • Vermicomposting is huge business opportunity overseas. We believe it would be here too.
  • Can you imagine that seaweed extract in Mauritius is imported from Australia? Even though we are an island and surrounded by it? 
  • Apiculture and its potential value added products could be huge for Mauritius. 
  • Aquaculture and it's closed loop model is one potential avenue for the future of food security.
  • Aged manure (especially from free range livestock) is like gold for farmers. Did you know there are about 5000 farmers locally? Could a business be build around this?
  • Coconuts and its multiple benefits are simply untapped on the island. Coco coir used by local farmers are all imported. Would a local agripreneur take on this opportunity?
  • Local beneficial microbes is simply hard to find these days, even on our lovely tropical island.
  • We get many requests from our visitors to help them with their private organic backyard garden. Could a smart farming device for backyard gardening help? We would love to support that!
  • Anyone interested to start an organic seed bank?
  • There are endless number of product ideas that we can't list here. And we'd love to hear yours!

Sounds good. What's the selection process like?

  1. Submit your application here. Applications open every every quarter, in Jan, Apr, Jul and Oct of each year. 
  2. Once we receive your application, we will be in touch with more questions. This usually entails a phone conversation and/or an in-person interview, so we can get to know you better
  3. Once approved, you will be able to select your plot at Farmcity.
  4. That's it. You've got a dedicated space in one of the best farms on the island.

Length of incubation

The initial period is 6 months, and can be extended based on your progress, and the milestones you reach. Like you, we understand that working with nature requires time, patience and grit, and so we will be flexible. What we are primarily looking for is progress, and a commitment in growing your startup. Every milestone is simply a checkpoint towards your goal!

One plot is not enough. What should I do?

Each plot is approximately 80 square meters. We believe this is a good size to get you started. If you require more than 1 plot to test your idea, we are open to release more per agripreneur. Moreover if you require much larger agricultural land, we can also reach out to our partners to lease a much bigger plots to you.

About Farmcity

Farmcity is a social enterprise founded on an unwavering commitment to keep nutritious vegetables accessible to everybody. Food security is our utmost priority and we believe the most effective way to get there is to teach, accompany and empower communities to grow their own food.